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Chester Theatre Co. Moves Summer 2021 Programming Outdoors

The organization will partner with Hancock Shaker Village, a 750-acre living history museum, to present a summer slate under a tent.

CHESTER, MASS.: Chester Theatre Company (CTC) has announced a partnership with Hancock Shaker Village for its 2021 summer season, which will see CTC’s three-show season take place outdoors under a tent on the grounds of the living history museum. This temporary relocation, which will have performances under the heading Chester@Hancock, is due to the ongoing pandemic and restrictions. The specific dates and productions have yet to be announced.

“I’m thrilled by our partnership,” said CTC producing artistic director Daniel Elihu Kramer in a statement, “which will offer a remarkable experience to Chester Theatre Company audiences, and an opportunity for patrons of each of our organizations to learn more about the other. Hancock Shaker Village is a treasure of our region and a beautiful location in all season. I look forward to sharing the summer there with our audiences.”

Hancock Shaker Village, located in Pittsfield, Mass., is a 750-acre living history museum that has 20 authentic Shaker buildings, rich collections of Shaker furniture and artifacts, picnic areas, and a mile-long hiking trails. According to a press release, the existing infrastructure of the museum allows for a comfortable, enjoyable, and safe experience for those who attend.

“We are thrilled to welcome Chester Theatre Company this summer,” said Jennifer Trainer Thompson, director of Hancock Shaker Village, in a statement. “They’ve found a creative solution to a vexing challenge, and we welcome the opportunity to have outdoor live theatre at the Village all summer long.”

CTC’s season, which will be announced at a later date, will consist of three productions, one in each June, July, and August. CTC intends to return to the Town Hall Theatre in Chester in 2022.

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